Doctor biases alive and well

Doctors' own biases may be preventing them from suggesting the most effective tests and treatments, say Australian experts.

This is despite the launch of campaigns, such as Choosing Wisely and EVOLVE, aimed at lowering the use of low-value care in medicine.

Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia, the authors note that “much of everyday clinical decision-making is largely intuitive behaviour” derived “not only from formal education and training … but from peer opinion, personal experience, professional socialisation and societal norms”.

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